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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0824 -- [Solaris]
Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/E25K Systems Equipped Witha Quad
GigaSwift (QGE-X) Card May Panic
25 August 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Sun Fire 12K Server
Sun Fire E20K Server
Sun Fire 15K Server
Sun Fire E25K Server
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Operating System: Solaris
Impact: Denial of Service
Access: Existing Account
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Solution Type: Sun Alert
Solution 200188 : Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/E25K Systems Equipped With
a Quad GigaSwift (QGE-X) Card May Panic
Previously Published As: 103046
Bug ID: 6624392
Sun Fire 12K Server
Sun Fire E20K Server
Sun Fire 15K Server
Sun Fire E25K Server
Date of Workaround Release: 26-SEP-2007
Date of Resolved Release: 21-Aug-2008
SA Document Body
Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/E25K systems equipped with UltraSPARC IV or
UltraSPARC IV + System Boards may panic:
Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/E25K systems equipped with UltraSPARC IV
or UltraSPARC IV+ System Boards that use high traffic across a Quad
GigaSwift (QGE-X) card may panic.
This issue can occur on the following platforms:
* Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/25K without patch 118777-13
The described issue only occurs under the following conditions:
1. The Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/E25K is equipped with an UltraSPARC IV or
UltraSPARC IV+ System Board, and the Quad GigaSwift Ethernet PCIX Card
(X4445 - 501-6738)
2. One of the network ports is at or near its peak bandwidth.
3. The network card is running at a frequency over 66MHz.
Note: The more CPU's in a domain, the more likely the panic may occur
while the network port is at its peak bandwidth. This issue has not
been seen on systems equipped with the UltraSPARC III system boards.
To determine if a system is equipped with a Quad GigaSwift Ethernet
PCIX Card (X4445 - 501-6738), the following command can be used:
System Configuration: Sun Microsystems Sun Fire 25000
System clock frequency: 150 MHz
Memory size: 327680 Megabytes
/IO01/C3V0 PCI 60 A 90 90 1,0 ok pci-pci8086,537c.7/network (netw+ pci-bridge
/IO01/C3V0 PCI 60 A 90 90 0,0 ok network-pci100b,35.30 SUNW,pci-x-qge
/IO01/C3V0 PCI 60 A 90 90 1,0 ok network-pci100b,35.30 SUNW,pci-x-qge
/IO01/C3V0 PCI 60 A 90 90 2,0 ok network-pci100b,35.30 SUNW,pci-x-qge
/IO01/C3V0 PCI 60 A 90 90 3,0 ok network-pci100b,35.30 SUNW,pci-x-qge
If the described issue occurs, a panic string of "Fatal PCI bus
error(s)" will be seen.
To work around the described issue, slow down the QGE-X card to use
PCI speeds instead of PCIX. This is done by adding a post directive to
the "postrc" file on the system controller. The "postrc" file is
different for each domain. If there is not a "postrc" file for a
specific domain, the platform "postrc" file is used. The domain
"postrc" files are located at:
The platform "postrc" file is located at:
The postrc directive is a single line that is added to this file. The
iobrd_no_pcix exp [ lport [ bus ]]
iobrd_no_pcix 1 0 0 # changes IOBoard Slot 0 on IO1.
Use this "postrc" directive for every QGE-X card that is in the
Below is an example of the postrc directive and its syntax for each
iobrd_no_pcix 3 0 0 # changes IOBoard Slot 0 on IO3.
iobrd_no_pcix 3 1 0 # changes IOBoard Slot 2 on IO3.
iobrd_no_pcix 3 1 1 # changes IOBoard Slot 3 on IO3.
Note: Slot 1 is not a PCIX slot and is not impacted by this issue.
This issue is adressed in the following release:
* Sun Fire 12K/15K/E20K/E25K with patch 118777-13 or later
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